ExpanDrive

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ExpanDrive acts just like a USB drive plugged into your computer. Open, edit, and save files to remote computers from within your favorite programs???even when they are on a server half a world away.

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ExpanDrive review by Ralph G.
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"ExpanDrive: A cloud storage MUST!"

What do you like best?

Ability to use all my cloud-stored files within my Finder (My Computer for you Windows folks) as if they were stored locally.

What do you dislike?

The only disadvantage that this software has is that it's working with cloud storage, thus it's not productive to icon previews for some workflows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and other cloud storage providers, you'll definitely want this software. It puts all these drives mapped right into your file browser with ease. It frees up valuable and sometimes limited onboard resources for deployed computers/laptops.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With ExpanDrive, I am able to easily store files in the cloud while keeping my computer clutter-free and running smoothly. With keeping everything stored in the cloud and using this software, disk imaging, files-on-the-go, and collaboration is faster and more productive than having the files locally. With the ability to map all the cloud drives to the computer opens it up to have several terabytes of storage almost at the speed of the files being local.

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ExpanDrive review by Nathan R.
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"Cloud storage has never been so easy"

What do you like best?

This software installs in literally seconds.

You have so many options to choose from like dropbox or backblaze b2.

You just insert the credentials for the service, choose a drive letter and connect.

That is it

You have a drive in your computer with the information you want on it just like if you are using windows. You click on a file and it opens up - no need to do special downloads or anything.

This is a gorgeous piece of software.

Since you are not "synching" the information, this is awesome for people who have a lot of files and information but very little HD space locally.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike

This is a straight and honest software that does what it supposed to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a must if you have files online.

It is a very smart thing to have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having connectivity to cloud storage, being able to have access to all the files just as if they were on my pc but without taking all the space.

What Storage Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
ExpanDrive review by Jan V.
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"easy to use, installed & configured in a minute..."

What do you like best?

- easy installation

- straightforward configuration

- one tool to manage and access all cloud media (without syncing to device)

- available on mac and pc !!

- fast support replies (if you need it...)

What do you dislike?

Nothing to mention for the moment...maybe central administration, but not missing it for the moment

Recommendations to others considering the product

just do it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

last project we migrated a fileserver to office365 - SharePoint. We installed OneDrive on all the iMacs (in the company) but configuration was time consuming (as there is no sync on demand) and the app was really slowing down the performance of the computers...

We installed & configured Expandrive on all those machines in literally 5 minutes per machine, all their data was available immediatly! Now after a week we noticed that all the individual users configured their personal OneDrive and Dropbox accounts also in the Expandrive app...

ExpanDrive review by Joseph S.
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"Almost beats out Sliced Bread, Easiest Cloud Drive GUI by far."

What do you like best?

VERY concise UI, but has everything you need.

(Mac) it Pushes everything over to the Finder as an attached device (IE each Cloud Storage = an attached Drive. Perfect - just what I want. Allows normal Finder navigation browsing drag n Drop and Load/Save of files for the cloud vendors instead of having to navigate (multiple) cloud interfaces. True one stop shopping for both my work and personal files, yet each is nicely segregated (mandatory for my worktype)

Full Disclosure: I Received a gratis license for a review. But that was because I wanted to tout the benefits of this great product and because my use case is to have MULTIPLE cloud accounts for different reasons and purposes, yet needing to keep them segregated but handy. This UI is simple - for Mac it's an icon in the toolbar, and just like email account setup it Includes options to link your accounts for A3/AWS/Glacier, BackBlaze, Amazon Drive, One Drive personal/Business, Sharepoint (best access to Sharepoint files I've had so far), Google Drive/Cloud, Dropbox/Box, Owncloud, Rackspace, Open-stack, Dream Objects, Hubic -- plus SFTP/FTP, WebDav CIFS/SMB. IE All the biggies and all the self-service types as well. AWESOME!!! So then you can either quick reference the link via clicking on the icon you have 3 options - disconnect (eject), Browse (pop open the Mac finder window with your files) or click a right arrow (opens via GUI dropdown, great for quick access). You simply hover over these and it indicates what the function is - and if you hover over the file in the GUI dropdown, there's icons to open file (finder) or get (copy to clipboard) the shareable link. Wow ! Rare that I'm this excited about an App - one of those which just kind of saves the day on a regular basis productivity wise.

What do you dislike?

They don't seem to have iCloud as an option for it, but that is fine for Mac as iCloud Drive already functions this way - but could be handy to get a quick shareable link for iCloud Drive as well. Absolutely no (significant) complaints. I suppose they could add more cloud vendors (NextCloud is supplanting Owncloud in the marketplace for instance) but my needs are fully covered with what they have.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This isn't something you need to worry about if it's useful or if it's annoyance ware. If you would like one quick place to get to your cloud files and like the idea of managing them in the OS's File Manager as if they were an attached drive, then you're in business - and connecting the cloud accounts couldn't be easier. Get the trial and you'll be ready to pay for the app in just a few minutes - knowing you'll never want to get rid of this little jewel. Sounds like I'm a Schill but seriously I'm just excited about the app. Rare that they make the Swiss Army knife just the way you want it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits: This is the only realistic (sane) option I've seen to be able to segregate (and drag N drop) files around from multiple cloud vendors without having to navigate each as a separate app (most of which are PITA) or of course multiple browsers (horrible). This primary benefit is the whole point - treat all your cloud accounts as if they are separate devices. Isn't this what everyone wants? I can't imaging needing or wanting to use it any other way as the default way to interact if you are accessing this from your workstation (PC).

ExpanDrive review by Garry S.
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"How likely would I recommend? I have already..."

What do you like best?

Total simplicity. Attach your cloud drive or ftp (ftp/S3/Google Cloud/sftp/Dropbox/WHATEVER) in the menubar just once, then it's always available as a device in the finder. I am connected right now with my customer S3 bucket - its mounted as a device in my finder. Use as you would any other location in the finder.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see the ability to use Time Machine backup?

Recommendations to others considering the product

What are you waiting for? Nothing else comes close for working with cloud drives. The only criticism is that I'd like to use Mac's Time Machine with it - but maybe thats an OSX hangup - even so, no other product I've seen & evaluated can touch this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It saves so much time in workflow. Cloud drives are already loaded. Transfer speed is so fast... Local to S3 bucket; 1GB uploads in about 20-30 sec over home fibre broadband.

ExpanDrive review by Ankush D.
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"Expandrive: Must for Windows Users"

What do you like best?

I used ExpanDrive, the substitute to *nix Platform in terms of ease and portability to work on Servers without switching to *nix.

It's really awesome. Must try it if you're a live web developer.

This was helpful for me. Hope that helps you too!

It is just amazing and makes downloading and uploading those files a breeze. I really do recommend this product to anymore who is looking for a good solid solution, such as this.

I have remote computers that share documents and database files. Now I can have these computers share these files in the Expandrive. Previous attempts using solutions like OneDrive and Dropbox brought sync errors and multiple file versions randomly. No such issues with ExpanDrive. Works just like a local network folder.

PS: I'm doing this because their sales team provides a free licence upon sharing this on any social media.

What do you dislike?

Nothing that I felt about this was not according.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I was looking a for a solution to access my Amazon S3 data instead of paying more for iCloud. I did some research and came across ExpanDrive. I downloaded the 7 day trial connected my Amazon S3 account. It seamlessly showed me the contents of my buckets and allowed me to access the data immediately. ExpanDrive allows me to create buckets without logging into my AWS account. I got a new Macbook Pro for my birthday and the SSD drive is 128 GB I had to come up with a solution to store my data in the cloud so that I didn't fill up my hard drive fast. So far ExpanDrive is the solution that I have come up with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Server Connectivity for Web Development.

ExpanDrive review by Tanay T.
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"The BEST Alternative if You're Using Multiple Clouds"

What do you like best?

If you rely on various cloud services and you're storing many files in those drives, cloud drive services are lifesaver to access all of your files easily, and without killing your free disk space. Having tried various cloud drive alternatives, ExpanDrive shines with superior stability and support for largest number of services.

One thing lacking in the own clients of Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive is being able to see non-synced files & folders in Finder/File Explorer. If you have a small storage SSD drive and frequently create/access many files in these cloud services, you well know what I mean. ExpanDrive provides a great and extremely stable solution for seeing/accessing all your files without any hassle, plus it provides right-click options such as "link sharing" like the original clients.

What do you dislike?

Almost nothing is wrong with it. It'd be a nice touch if the cloud services has their unique icons in Finder, but definitely not a deal-breaker.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend ExpanDrive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ExpanDrive boosts your productivity if you're working with several cloud services, and you need to upload/access several files. I almost never need to visit Cloud services' website anymore.

ExpanDrive review by Peter A.
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"Love the App"

What do you like best?

The ability create a secure shared drive on a network and being able access the drive remotely via SFTP without needing to go through the hassle of VPN and network confgurations.

What do you dislike?

Haven't found anything I don't like yet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Secure remote access to a shared network drive via SFTP accessing a MS Access database. I use a MS Access database client interface on a local computer that can read from and write to the remote MS Access database.backend. It is really easy to set up, i.e. just mapping a network drive, and it works!!!

ExpanDrive review by Tyler W.
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"Best app ever!"

What do you like best?

ExpanDrive is:

- Easy to use

- Supports many different protocols

- Mounts the share/volume as if it were a disk (appears right in Finder)

What do you dislike?

I wish ExpanDrive:

- Supported more protocols (maybe AFP and/or NFS)

- Had the ability to create folders in the list of drives (ex. Work (Production), Work (Dev), Home, etc.)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ExpanDrive allows me to mount just about anything including Hitachi Content Platform namespaces (via WebDAV). I use it daily to mount numerous shares. As a DevOps Engineer, this app saves me a bunch of time.

ExpanDrive review by User in Information Services
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"Expandrive 6 Upgrade a disaster"

What do you like best?

The support guys are really helpful & responsive. They are clearly having a lot of challenges around the new launch though.

What do you dislike?

Its inability to work. Version 6 has been loaded onto my computer about 6 times now (I was looking for some irony there but it didn't work, just like the software). Despite a lot of help from the support desk it will just not work consistently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely trial it first & watch out for the updating files issue. It often shows a file as being present when it has already been transferred out of the directory

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Expandrive 5 has been functional. The update process has real problems as it doesn't recognise file movements to & from remote folders. However, with some massaging, it works. Version 6 will not load properly on my computer & has been less than useless as it has prevented me from working. I have gone back to version 5.

ExpanDrive review by Consultant
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"Very poor experience using Expandrive for Mac"

What do you like best?

I initially liked the idea of login into multiple cloud storage accounts i use without having an advserse effect on my device memory but the connection to the cloud storage is just too slow. It is so slow that it is actually more a pain to use it than to just log online and get the file i need.

What do you dislike?

The slowness of the connection to the file storage is just a big pain. I was told by Expandrive customer service that files have to be opened once to be listed faster and previewed. But even with files already opened once with the application, the listing of files is slow and preview nearly inexistent.

You cannot create folders in Dropbox using Expandrive as it turns the folders into exec files. I have lost 6 folders like that. The product is just not ready, at least for Mac. I don't know about windows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Request trial period expansion as the trial period is not enough to view the flaws. The current software is just not suited for mac users. just too slow and folders created in expandrive do not sync in dropbox but at turned into Exec files.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted a solution to access cloud storage services and save memory on my local machine.

But Expandrive has proven to be extremely slow on a Mac device. It was much quicker to go to Dropbox online, view the file and download it on the machine rather than waiting for the files to show on the Mac. Sometimes the software would crash in the middle of the discovery

Creating folders with Expandrive has also proven a nightmare. I currently have 6 folders I created with Expandrive which have turned into .Exec files. I cannot access them anymore so the information I took a long time to create is now lost. It's completely invisible in Dropbox, and cannot be accessed in Expandrive.

It is a very bad experience, to be honest. I should have never bought it and don't advise anyone to do so. A NAS drive or a simple USB drive is better value for money

ExpanDrive review by User in Graphic Design
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"Nice Idea, but often drops connection"

What do you like best?

I like that I can connect to multiple cloud sharing services including multiple accounts from the same provider and be able to access the services like a network drive, eliminating the need to sync all the files to my hard drive.

What do you dislike?

Some drives un-mount when I'm trying to open a file directly from the drive. I'm not able to search on the mounted drive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a handy program, but realize that it has limitations -- I envisioned being able to work off the mounted drives, but have found that I need to copy the files and work locally, then replace. I am happy with the number of cloud services that I'm able to connect to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to view cloud files at a glance.

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"Very fast and professional support"

What do you like best?

After an problem with my old version of ExpanDrive, i contacted the company via facebook and received almost immediately an response which leads to an free upgrade to the newest version. The newest version solved my problem so i'm thankful for the upgrade.

What do you dislike?

Maybe some faster response via mail, that was the reason why i contacted the team via facebook in the first place. An automated notice of arrival would be a start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have nearly all of my data in various clouds, but since local storage is expensive, i can't sync them all locally on my device. Here comes Expandrive in place which allows me to have all my data accessible at any time without local storage limitations...

ExpanDrive review by Andrew S.
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"Incredibly useful but kind of flakey"

What do you like best?

Expandrive makes it very easy to mount remote sftp accounts as local shared drives. I've tried using some open source tools to mount sftp drives but they really didn't work or were really slow. Expandrive seems to have solved these issues.

What do you dislike?

I've been using Expandrive for many years but it seems like it's not as reliable as it once was. It's not uncommon if I'm working out of a drive all day to be disconnected several times and frequently it doesn't pick up that I've saved a file. Instead I have to resave a second time, wait a few seconds and then I'll see the change live remotely. It also doesn't always pick up on changes that have happened remotely. For instance if I'm SSHed into a server that I'm also connected to with expandrive and delete or create a new folder Expandrive may not see that it's changed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking to use Expandrive for development it will probably meet your needs. I'm personally trying to migrate development to a local vagrant installation instead of on a remote server over the internet with Expandrive. However if you need to work on remote servers I haven't found anything else that works better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I want to do development on a remote server with my local dev tools it's invaluable. Otherwise I'd have to ssh in and do all my work in vim or work locally and keep FTPing files upstream.

ExpanDrive review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Expandrive is the solution I've been looking for! Great for remote office applications."

What do you like best?

This solution actually maps a network drive in explorer. Acts just like a network drive. No syncing between computers required. This avoid sync errors.

What do you dislike?

No built in folder configuration. (i.e. cannot omit private folders from file tree)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have remote computers that share documents and database files. Now I can have these computers share these files in the Expandrive. Previous attempts using solutions like OneDrive and Dropbox brought sync errors and multiple file versions randomly. No such issues with ExpanDrive. Works just like a local network folder.

ExpanDrive review by sheldon h.
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"Works for sftp connection on windows"

What do you like best?

On windows, most software for SFTP or sshfs are either slow or not work at all. ExpanDrive works pretty well

What do you dislike?

The trial term is too short for users to reach full conclusion of it's stability.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm working on machine learning research and need to access file system on clusters

ExpanDrive review by John R.
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"Reliable mounting of Amazon S3 on both Mac and Windows"

What do you like best?

I'm an Amazon Web Services trainer and my students often ask me about being able to mount Amazon S3 as a drive. I explain that this is not an "out-of-the-box" feature of Amazon S3, but can be achieved with some 3rd-party products. I then demonstrate ExpanDrive and their eyes go wide!

It works very well for reading and writing data on Amazon S3. I haven't tried the other services (eg DropBox, Google Drive).

What do you dislike?

ExpanDrive can't do everything with Amazon S3. For example, it cannot rename directories that have files in them. However, this is a result of the limitations of S3 (since it doesn't allow renaming of directories, either).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try downloading a large file to understand how ExpanDrive behaves -- it makes files "appear" to be there without having to actually sync files. Then, when you go to access it, it will retrieve the contents of the file. This means it is super-fast and doesn't take unnecessary space on your disk. Play around with this behaviour to make sure it suites your use-case.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great for copying data to/from Amazon S3. The bit I like the most, however, is being able to "Save" from any program directly to S3 -- that part feels like magic!

ExpanDrive review by Frank A.
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"ExpanDrive: A cloud storage MUST! Manages many accounts"

What do you like best?

Love the ability to use all my cloud-stored files within my Windows Explorer. Drives are mapped directly as if they are local drives. Tested product against other virtual machines. Sharing was instant.

What do you dislike?

Haven't found anything yet. Product seems to be a solution for people having multiple cloud accounts and also multiple cloud with same vendor (dropbox, onedrive, g drive)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Able to share files across different user group shared folders

ExpanDrive review by Matthew R.
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"Easy to use de-facto way to map cloud storage as a drive on a computer"

What do you like best?

Cost, Ease of use, it just does what it is supposed to do, Great product

What do you dislike?

Nothing, you can't dislike a product that works

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a no brainer, buy expandrive

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ease of mapping online storage as a system drive for file sharing for many clients

ExpanDrive review by Dmitriy K.
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"Awesome program!"

What do you like best?

Easy, fast nice and it's more important stable!

What do you dislike?

I think nothing, but I'll be very appreciate if you add program to Apple Store

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Work from home - connect work desktop over ssh

ExpanDrive review by Tapan J.
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"Remote storage made local"

What do you like best?

Transfers through Expandrive feel about as responsive as using a native client.Also the convenience of having the connections show as tabs in Explorer made moving files to the server quick and easy.Apps with no knowledge of FTP can now directly open and access files on any server.

What do you dislike?

The cost feels a bit high for what it does, but if you spend a lot of time working on servers then that ease of use and time saved will rapidly pay for itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Overall ExpanDrive feels like a solid product and worth a look if you find yourself talking with FTP, FTPS, or Amazon S3 servers on a regular basis

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Expandrive provides convenience when working with files on remote servers. Finder becomes your interface to remote servers making editing and copying files fast and easy.

ExpanDrive review by User in Telecommunications
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"The only product that worked every time w/Google Drive"

What do you like best?

This was the only product that worked every time w/Google Drive. I have tried other competitive products that were not reliable with Google Drive or stopped uploading after several MB.

What do you dislike?

There is currently no feature that I feel is lacking with this product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed a reliable product that worked every time w/Google Drive, and this fit the bill.

ExpanDrive review by Administrator in Insurance
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"fast, easy and favorable"

What do you like best?

- fast to install

- easy to use

- favorable to access

What do you dislike?

- i think not extension for mount to mega.nz

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should use and experience this difference

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Previously, we had to install a lot of software related to different cloud data but now we have used expanDrive fast and convenient. All in one

ExpanDrive review by User in Computer Hardware
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"secure network drive"

What do you like best?

Very easy to setup and little customization required. Ideal for network file sharing and editing. Interface is setup so to mimick your current OS, giving the idea the files are on the machine itself.

What do you dislike?

Expandrive is always connected which may not be ideal if you want to keep information private from users on your device. Syncronisation issues if two users remotely access same file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are looking for a SFTP network this will do the job. You can browse, edit, file share and collaborate with users. A free trial is available so its worth a testrun. Mainly for small businesses who dont have unified business management tool.

ExpanDrive review by Eugene C.
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"Easy FTP to/from 'remote drive' FTP servers"

What do you like best?

Unlimited simultaneous FTP connections; great front-end for FTP servers. Can be less expensive option than cloud storage. Connections can be made within programs

What do you dislike?

Not as good for collaboration as cloud storage options

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's a 30-day unrestricted demo that's worth trying out

ExpanDrive review by User in Capital Markets
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"Can't live without it"

What do you like best?

As a developer that works a lot with remote linux servers, this little tool has made my life easier. I can use my local applications (i.e. favorite editors, etc) to open or edit files on remote servers. It's also really seamless to transfer files. The remote server is accessible just like a USB drive.

What do you dislike?

It only available for Mac. It's also not free, but not expensive for the productivity gained by using this tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended if you have a Mac and manage/develop on remote linux servers.

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